Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Blog 14 | Theory Discussion

By Sean Williamson

Throughout my research for my thesis, I have acquired an article titled Rappel A Lorde, The Case For The Tectonic, written by Kenneth Frampton. Within this article, he addresses the issue of tectonic form and methods of construction, along with their relationship pertaining to architecture. In addition to explaining tectonic form, Frampton also addressed the importance of material within architecture.
Kenneth Frampton begins his article with the dictionary definition of ‘tectonic’ “pertaining to building or construction in general; constructional, constructive used especially in reference to architecture and the kindred arts…” (Frampton pg2). The author feels very strongly about the importance of tectonics within architecture and even states there is an art and poetry within the construction of a building conveyed through the choice of material and structure of a project “Architecture is an art because it is interested not only in the original need for shelter but also in putting together, spaces, and materials, in a meaningful manner. This occurs through formal and actual joints. The joint, that is the fertile detail, is the place where both the construction and the construing of architecture take place.” (Frampton pg8). Kenneth Frampton believes in an architectural approach that is informed by its tectonics and expressed by its structure and material.

The word ‘joint’ is mentioned a lot towards the end of the essay. However, the author has not been using the word joint’ as literal as one would think. Frampton goes on to explain the idea of joints as expectations. “Finally, something has to be said about the signification of the “break” or the “dis-joint” as opposed to the significance of the joint. I am alluding to that point at which things break against each other rather than connect…” (Frampton 9). The breaks and dis-joints the author mentions naturally break down these expectations created by joints.

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